American Food, Diet, and Restaurant Culture What kind of food does they serve here? What kind of food do they serve here? Enter restaurant and look for “Please Wait to be Seated” sign… If no sign, seat yourself If sign, then wait
If no sign, seat yourself
If sign, then wait
The first thing a hostess will ask is how many…you can avoid this just by raising 2-3 fingers when you establish eye contact.
In some cities/states, the hostess will ask Smoking or Non-smoking
If you do not like the table you are offered, it is acceptable to ask for another one…for instance, if it is near a door which allows cold air to come in, or near a window, or near a server’s station.
Turn off your mobile phone, or put it on vibrate. Even though other customers may talk, it is considered somewhat rude. If you need to take a call, excuse yourself from the table and talk in the lobby or outside the restaurant.Manners and customsSeating